I hardly had to peek at all. There was the invitation that I had longed for. What a step up! An office in the Administration Building. No more classroom. A move to being a Principal with a school of my own. But it was addressed to my co-worker!
All I had to do was “lose” the notice. She would never know. Administration would think she didn’t want the position.
They would look things over and decide I should be the one. I had seniority anyway. The job should be mine!
There was still time to walk away. Wish I had.
Written for https://rochellewisoff.com/ as a entry to Friday Fictioneers, a 100 word story based on the picture prompt by http://PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz Thank you, Rochelle and Ted.
About oneta hayes
Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
Hey, Neat’nee! I like the sound of that. Love your story this week. There are time in our lives when we really do wish we had “walked away”, aren’t there. Love your profile words and all the names you are called. I share many, too, around here, it’s either Bear (my real name) or Jelli… some have even called me Crazy a time or two, as well.
😀 I don’t think many can live long lives without being labeled “crazy” a time or two. Fortunately I hear the Neat’nee more often. By the way that came from my husband. He doesn’t say it much anymore. Some habits die, or change, too soon. Regarding the story, there was a time, there was a temptation, but no, I didn’t fall into it. Just thinking how it would have been if I had. Thanks for taking time to catch my attention, Bear.
Be careful what you wish for
This was one I avoided in real life! 😀
Great story. Good life lesson. How things do change as we age. Things I had once wished for I was not granted, Praise God! He knew better than younger me. 😊
How right you are! How right He is! Hope it is nice in your country. We are now warmer than our refrigerators – or close to it. No, I just checked. Low and high today 14/32 degrees! Now when a high temp is freezing, we are still cold, aren’t we.
What’s not for you, you should avoid!
Right. Probably the most important prayers I ever prayed were those I thought were unanswered. 😀
Always, the relief at making the right choice takes over the regret at losing something we thought we had to have. Really good story, Oneta.
Going after what we “want” is often a trail to dissatisfaction.
Nice textured tale.
Pretty important to stick to the end. 😀 Thanks for the comment.
You’re welcome 🙂
She might regret that decision one day. Nicely done!
Yielding to those kinds of temptations are seldom satisfying. Thanks for the comment.
Hmmm … sometimes it IS better to walk away … (Walk being the operative word … )